Discourses of (hetero)sexism in popular music. The legacy of Blurred Lines

Coffey-Glover, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-4432-8177 and Handforth, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-8408-7283, 2019. Discourses of (hetero)sexism in popular music. The legacy of Blurred Lines. Journal of Language and Sexuality, 8 (2), pp. 139-165. ISSN 2211-3770

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This article analyses interview data to explore how participants negotiated discourses of (hetero)sexism in relation to the controversial pop song Blurred Lines. Our previous work, based on questionnaire data, interrogated interpretations of Blurred Lines (Handforth, Paterson, Coffey-Glover & Mills 2017) and showed how participants drew on discourses of sexism in their responses. Several participants experienced significant conflict in their interpretations, and here we focus on these more complex interpretations, considering the "small stories" (Bamberg & Georgakopoulou 2008) identified in follow-up interviews with participants. Individual narratives acted as mechanisms through which participants linked Blurred Lines to wider issues such as rape culture, drawing parallels between these and their own lives. Following research in queer linguistics (King 2014; Leap 2014; Motschenbacher 2010) our use of thematic analysis, corpus linguistic tools and narrative analysis highlights the various subject positions that participants negotiated in their storytelling, and how these positions both echoed and challenged normative understandings of gender and sexuality.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Language and Sexuality
Creators: Coffey-Glover, L. and Handforth, R.
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Date: August 2019
Volume: 8
Number: 2
ISSN: 2211-3770
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Schools > Doctoral School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 24 Sep 2019 10:35
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2023 14:17
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/37751

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